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hello. you're watching "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. here are the headlines. ukrainian forces are tightening their grip on pro-russian separatists in the east and have cut off a supply route. pro-russian separatists in the east and have cut off a supply route.
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and people in turkey have cast their ballots for the first time in a presidential election and they've chosen a familiar face. israeli forces and hamas fighters have agreed again to put down their weapons. they've accepted a proposal for another 72-hour cease-fire. and the truce appears to be holding. the two sides have been fighting for more than a month. during that time they've agreed to a number of ceasefires. representatives of israel and hamas have held indirect talks in cairo through egyptian mediators. they are expected to resume those discussions if this truce holds. the last three-day cease-fire expired on friday. both sides started firing again immediately. health officials in gaza say israeli air strikes killed 13 people on sunday alone. more than 1,900 palestinians have been killed during the offensive and more than 60 israelis. ukrainian military leaders say they are gaining the upper hand in their fight against pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine. they say they've cut off a key
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supply route. the separatists control the cities of donetsk and luhansk and have been using a road between them to bring in more personnel and supplies. but ukrainian commanders say they've blocked it. ukrainian media are reporting that government forces have tightened their grip around donetsk and they say troops have taken control of a checkpoint leading to the city center. the leaders of the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic says he's ready to discuss a cease-fire. he says he wants to stop the spread of what he called a humanitarian catastrophe. but some separatists are downplay anything talk of a truce. they are accusing the ukrainian military of ramping up their bombing campaign. russian media are reporting one of the latest attacks in horlivka. they say 52 people were killed and about 170 others wounded.
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the russian president is calling for a peaceful resolution to another conflict. vladimir putin has urged the leaders two of former soviet republics to end a long-running territorial dispute. putin met with armenian president and azerbaijani president in sochi. forces from the neighboring states are vying for control of the south caucasus region. putin urged his counterparts to negotiate a peaceful outcome but officials with russia's foreign ministry say the leaders didn't make any headway. forces from armenia and azerbaijan have been fighting over the territory since the collapse of a soviet union. nagorno-karabakh is in azerbaijan but most who live there are ethnic armenians. the leaders signed a cease fire in 1994.
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since then, armeni has maintained influence over the area. the united states conducted a new round of air strikes in northern iraq on sunday. it's the third straight day of the operation to beat back sunni militants. u.s. attacks are spreading to wider areas since president barack obama first approved limited air strikes on friday. the u.s. central command said drone aircraft and fighter jets hit armed trucks and mortar positions near erbil, the main city of the kurdish autonomous region. u.s. forces conducted five air strikes in five hours targeting sunni militants who are attacking kurdish troops. obama has suggested u.s. forces will continue their operation for the long term. meanwhile, the state department said an sunday it's moving a limited number of staff from the embassy in baghdad and the consulate in erbil. they are being sent to safer locations, including the jordanian capital amman. voters in turkey have taken part in an historical election.
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for the first time ever they've cast ballots to choose a president. the vote was won by prime minister recep tayyip erdogan. he expected to leave his current post some time next year. some people are concerned he may become even more powerful. nhk world has more. >> reporter: there are three candidates taking part in the presidential election. prime minister erdogan, the former head of the organization of islamic corporation, and head of a political party. the turkish constitution gives executive power to the prime minister. the post of president is largely ceremonial. historically, the position has been chosen by members of parliament. but erdogan changed selection process to make it a direct popular vote.
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erdogan also wants to shift executive power to the presidency. he's banned by his party from serving more than three consecutive terms as prime minister. that means erdogan intends to continue being a player in local politics. but now, as president. erdogan won a clear majority in sunday's vote. >> translator: we will continue our struggle to further improve democracy and implement its standard. we will do everything to further improve the country. >> the victory is attributed to his achievements during 11 years in office. he won praise for handling of the economy. turkey's per capita gdp has increased more than three times
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to more than $10,000 under his leadership. he also raised turkey's profile as a regional power. he accelerated negotiations to join the european union. and helped mediate the conflicts in gaza and iraq. >> translator: erdogan brought change and development to turkey. the country will improve further under his presidency. >> reporter: but some people are worried. this is a college student. he campaigned for one of the other candidates. he says he took part in protests last year in istanbul when government troops opened fire with teargas. he says several of his friends were injured or detained. he continued to protest using social media.
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but in march, the government blocked access to twitter and youtube to silence criticism on a corruption scandal. he is worried that erdogan may try to exert greater power as the first directly elected president. >> translator: i don't have much hope for the future. i wonder where my country is heading. i'm worried things may get worse. >> reporter: erdogan says an executive presidency is better than parliament bound prime minister. for exerting strong leadership in an unstable region. people inside and outside the country are now wondering if he will turn out to be a hero or a tyrant. nhk world, istanbul. the top diplomats from the
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u.s. and china have argued over territorial issues in the south china sea. u.s. secretary of state john kerry and chinese foreign minister wang yi were taking part in discussions at the asean regional forum in myanmar. the chinese are caught up in a number of disputes over territory. some delegates quoted kerry as saying unilateral action is destabilizing the region. he supported a proposal from delegates from the philippines to introduce a moratorium on activities that could escalate tensions. foreign minister wan said the involvement of some countries from outside the region is confusing the situation. and he said it will take time to consider the plan. cambodia has close ties to china and cambodian delegates also expressed their reluctance to support the proposal. the foreign ministers of japan and india met on the sidelines of the forum. they agreed to strengthen economic and security ties.
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they met for the first time since indian prime minister modi took office in may. they'll try to promote more investment in india. he wanted to get involved in building highways and developing other infrastructure. indian officials welcomed the help and want to cooperate in other areas, too, including security. people from both countries have taken part in a strategic dialogue for years. and the ministers said they hope to see that continue. they also held talks with the north korean foreign minister. it was the first time they had met in more than a year. >> translator: i had an opportunity to talk with north korean foreign minister. i explained to him japan's stance concerning the investigation into the abduction of japanese nationals and security issues, including the north's nuclear and missile programs. >> kishida refrained from
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disclosing details of the conversation but he's believed to have pressed them an the investigation into the fate of japanese nationals abducted. they believe at least 17 japanese were kidnapped in the 1970s and '80s. kishida is believed to have urged them not to engage in further provocations. many investors in japan are taking a break from their work in the heat of summer. but those still an the job have got a number of things to look at in the week ahead. on wednesday, government officials in japan will provide investors with a big picture of the economy. they'll release figures on gross domestic product for the april to june period. many economists are forecasting a contraction following the increase in april on the consumption tax. later in the day, analysts in china will publish the july
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numbers on how much factories are pumping out. in june, industrial production expanded 9.2%. on thursday, analysts in the eurozone will release their second quarter gdp figures. they are hoping the region can rebound from slower growth at the beginning of the year. and on friday, officials in the u.s. will update investors on how factories there did in july. investors were not encouraged by the numbers they saw in june. an australian couple has denied they abandoned their son in thailand after learning he had downs syndrome. they say his surrogate mother insisted on keeping the baby boy named gammy. david and wendy traveled home from thailand with a baby girl. they left her twin brother gammy behind. the couple gave their side of the story to australian
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television. they insist they never intended for the surrogate mother to raise gammy. >> she said if we tried to take our little boy, she's going to get the police and she's going to come and take our little girl. >> take both of the babies. >> she gave birth to the babies in december. she denies the farnells' version of events. >> the truth from my side is i never said i wanted to keep both babies but i did not allow gammy to go back with them. that's the truth. the reason is they would bring gammy back and put him in an institution. >> many foreign couples travel to thailand to have babies through surrogacy. some complain the rules there are not strict enough. there's been a deadly crash of a chinese tour bus in tibet autonomous region. the bus plunged into a valley after a three-vehicle collision leaving 44 people dead.
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state-run xinhua news agency says the bus fell off a ten-meter cliff on a mountainous road outside the major city. 11 people were taken to hospitals after they were lifted up by a crane. central tv says an suv traveling right behind the bus attempted to overtake it by crossing the center line. but collided head on with a truck coming in the opposite direction. the bus driver reportedly tried to avoid a collision but couldn't keep the vehicle from going over the cliff. most of the passengers were tourists from eastern areas, including shanghai. in china, many people with disabilities or mental illnesses face difficulty finding the support they need. but an increase of volunteer groups is stepping up to bridge that gap in a creative way. nhk world's kunihiro yamamoto has more. >> reporter: these people are learning drawing and painting. but this is not an ordinary art class.
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it's for people who have intellectual impairments or other mental problems. the aim is to help them learn how to express themselves through their art. the organizers also hope that some of the participants may uncover hidden talent and perhaps even go on to earn a little extra money. >> translator: today i drew a scene from a movie i saw recently and a cactus. >> reporter: a nongovernmental organization from shanghai set up the class last august. its director came up with the idea after learning his infant son may be autistic. on finding that there was almost no support for people with disabilities in china, he left his job to start the ngo with the help of eight colleagues.
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they named it "hearts." the teachers are hearts staffers who have studied art in the past. they hold classes at community meeting rooms and schools. currently, about 300 people are attending classes in shanghai, beijing and hanjo. and hearts has doubled its staff head count. >> i hope they can gain confidence through art. blend into society and find their own self worth. >> one year into the effort, the organizers are noticing something unexpected. an increasing proportion of applicants is suffering from depression. he thinks china's rapid economic growth is adding to people's stress levels.
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in a new move, hearts is inviting people with depression to attend their art exhibitions. they thought that meeting strangers and communicating with others would help them tackle their condition. among the students who exhibited their pantings, this woman. she's been battling depression for over ten years. during the show, she did what gu had hoped. she opened up and chatted with the visitors. >> translator: i expressed my hopes through this flower. when it blooms, my wishes come true. >> translator: so the painting represents your feelings? >> translator: yes, that's right. i was glad to explain my piece. i'm not sure they understood, but they listened carefully.
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it was encouraging. i was so moved. >> translator: by having their work recognized, they can gain confidence. finding their own self-worth will give them a push to move forward. so it's very important for them. >> reporter: in china, care for the socially disadvantaged has taken a back seat to economic growth. fortunately for many, however, nongovernmental efforts are playing an increasingly valuable role. kunihiro yamamoto, nhk world, shanghai. japanese tech entrepreneurs have seen their country fall behind in the race to launch new ventures. now they are trying to turn
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things around by nurturing the next generation. they are helping teenagers create software and turn ideas into promising businesses. >> reporter: this workshop in tokyo targets junior high and high school children. they learn how to develop mobile applications and web-based services with the help of college students. the developers of the most innovative apps will receive additional backing to start their own business. including financial assistance. this particular framework has already allowed 30 teenagers to launch their apps and two start-ups to be born. >> translator: i want to create something that will be useful to all kinds of people. >> translator: i'm determined to start a company before high school. >> reporter: 15-year-old moi launched her own business in march. she's developing a website and a mobile app for teenagers.
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her service is called presentation timer. she came up with the idea after being disqualified from a debate for exceeding her allotted time. her app uses charts and audio to indicate the passage of time. it won first prize in a business contest for young students. it has been downloaded more than 50,000 times since its release in 2012. >> i learned that it's really easy to get -- take the thing that you are working an and spread it. so i've learned how to scale it, to make it reach bigger audiences. >> reporter: yuskemi heads the workshop and says starting a business while at school can be a great learning experience. >> translator: i think it teaches you all kinds of
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positive lessons such as the importance of creating a really good product because you are compete with adults in the real world. >> reporter: yoichiro runs a crowd funding service aimed exclusively at teenagers. six teams of young developers are using the service in the hope of launching applications in other concepts. three years ago, his work was rewarded with a special prize and seed funding worth $50,000. he launched a start-up in 2013. the investment company behind the prize has a 14% stake in the business. the service goes beyond crowd funding. it also helps clients recruit talent and find office space. he was originally motivated by the difficulties young people face when trying to start a business. he brought the service
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commission down from the typical 10% to 20% to a mere 3% of transactions. he compensated for the loss of revenue by signing sponsorship agreements. financial backing for the venture comes from major players in the i.t. industry. they hope the project will help them scout exceptional ideas. >> translator: we have very big expectations for this venture. >> translator: i hope that by the time i'm 20, i'll be able to achieve some kind of result, whether it's launching an ipo or growing into a larger company. >> reporter: young entrepreneurs are driven by their enthusiasm. channeling this energy in the right direction may be all it takes for one of them to develop the next big thing.
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time for a check of the weather. a storm delivered severe weather conditions to people across japan during the weekend. our meteorologist robert speta has the details an that and more. >> yes, and we did see here which was a once a violent typhoon halong, it pushed off toward the north. made landfall around southwestern shikoku in the early morning hours on sunday and now is pulling off to the north. an extra tropical storm. in the past 72 hours on the satellite loop how this vertical wind shear came in and blew this storm out like a candle. you can see it moving off toward the west and east. right in the center of the cloud mass. that's your center of circulation. we have been seeing gusty winds. upwards of 100 kilometers per hour. you're still going to be seeing the rough conditions out here as we go through the rest of
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monday, actually, the very heavy rainfall as well, parts of hokkaido seeing upwards of 50 mill meterses an hour. in the course of the past 24 hours, 150 millimeters. record-breaking totals still coming down out here. as we go ahead through the rest of monday into tuesday, you can still sigh 100 to 150 millimeters. flooding and landslides is still very well possible as we continue to look ahead. now what i do want to talk about is back here towards the west into western portions of japan where we have been seeing all that torrential rainfall. look at some of these totals. this will put it in perspective. since the 1st of august, one location in kochi prefecture, 2,000 mill meters of rainfall. that's absolutely absurd. also upwards of 924 millimeters in one location in the past 48 hours. at the same location from saturday into sunday, breaking into the top ten total rainfall amounts over the course of a 24-hour period in japan. number nine down here near the bottom of this. definitely enough to cause some
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flooding. let's show you this video. this is coming out of western japan back over the weekend. just look at that. these blustery conditions. that's what 1,000 mill meterses of rainfall will look like. some locations upward to 150 millimeters occurred over the course of a one-hour period. definitely caused significant flooding. meanwhile, this is out of toshigi prefecture. this occurred sunday afternoon. we had 464 homes damaged over a ten-kilometer stretch due to a possible tornado. also two injuries coming out of that. that's actually quite often the case when you are getting landfalling tropical systems. the outer rain bands spawn up some of these tornadoes. typically happens when these storm systems push over parts of japan through the typhoon season. back toward the west, i want to talk about the rainfall in southwestern china and this moisture flow from the west with the monsoon impacting southwestern portions of taiwan. you still could see that threat of flooding for you and over towards those areas which are
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still recovering from the deadly earthquake last week if you remember. still the recovery efforts going on. you don't really want the rainfall there at all. now as you move toward the americas, we still have these southwest monsoon or the north american monsoon that is continuing to spawn up thunderstorms around the four corners regions. back towards the east, thunderstorms continuing to line up into the deep south. we had flood watches in effect across the carolinas. over the weekend you saw that threat of flooding there as well. off towards the northwest, seattle, known for getting the rainfall, but very dry conditions and fire weather warn,s across parts of the northwestern u.s. let's move over toward europe. the big topic has been the severe storm system continuing to kick up severe thunderstorms. in belgium, a report of a tornado. large hail, strong winds and threat of tornadoes still continuing to linger. one thing i want to mention, this is the leading edge of a cooler air mass. back toward the east, still hot. kiev, 32 on your monday. here's your extended outlook.
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that concludes this edition of "newsline."
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i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. thank you for joining us.
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